100 Juvenile Books That Take Place in the Summer

Hello, Sweeteas,

Wondering what else to read this summer? Here’s an awesome list of books that take place in the summer:

100 Juvenile Books That Take Place in the Summer:
Amelia’s Summer Survival Guide by Marissa Moss
Applewhites at Wit’s End (The) by Stephanie S. Tolan
Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Bluffton: My Summer with Buster Keaton by Matt Phelan
Book of Bad Things (The) by Dan Poblocki
Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It by Sundee T. Frazier
Camp Confidential by Mellissa J. Morgan
Camp Dork (Pack of Dorks) by Beth Vrabel
Camp Rolling Hills: Book One by Stacy Davidowitz
Chiggers by Hope Larson
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question by Martha Freeman
Eleven and Holding by Mary Penney
Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw
Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (The) by Pablo Cartaya
Fair Weather by Richard Peck
First Last Day (The) by Dorian Cirrone
Five Go Off to Camp by Enid Blyton
Flush by Carl Hiassen
Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles
Gilda Joyce, Psychic Investigator by J. Allison
Glory Be by Augusta Scattergood
Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Goosebumps: Scary Summer by R. L. Stine
Great Good Summer (The) by Liz Garton Scanlon
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers
Harris & Me: A Summer Remembered by Gary Paulsen
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
Hidden Summer (The) by Gin Phillips
Holes by Louis Sachar
Jelly Bean Summer by Joyce Magnin
Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Gantos
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer by Megan McDonald
Junior Lifeguards by Elizabeth Doyle Carey
Justin Case: Shells, Smells, and the Horrible Flip-Flops of Doom by Rachel Vail
King of the Mound: My Summer with Satchel Paige by Wes Tooke
Last Best Days of Summer (The) by Valerie Hobbs
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen
Lemons by Melissa Savage
Lightning Thief (The) by Rick Riordan
Long Way from Chicago (A) by Richard Peck
Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles
Matchstick Castle (The) by Keir Graff
Maximilian and the Mystery of the Guardian Angel by Javier Garza Margarito
Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee
Million Miles from Boston (A) by Karen Day
Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian
My One Hundred Adventures by Polly Horvath
Nature Girl by Jane Kelley
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams Garcia
One Fat Summer by Robert Lipsyte
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume
Penderwicks (The): A Summer Tale of Four Sisters Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
Rambler Steals Home (A) by Carter Higgins
Roll by Darcy Miller
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things by Wendelin Van Draanen
Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand
Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs
Stars of Summer (The) by Tara Dairman
Summer According to Humphrey by Betty Birney
Summer at Forsaken Lake by Michael D. Beil
Summer Ball by Mike Lupica
Summer before Boys (The) by Nora Raleigh Baskin
Summer Experiment (The) by Cathie Pelletier
Summer I Saved the World…in 65 Days (The) by Michele Weber Hurwitz
Summer of Fear by Lois Duncan
Summer of Lost and Found by Rebecca Behrens
Summer of Moonlit Secrets (The) by Danette Haworth
Summer of Riley (The) by Eve Bunting
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Summer of the Swans by Betsy Cromer Byars
Summer on the Moon by Adrian Fogelin
Summer on Wheels by Gary Soto
Summerland by Michael Chabon
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
T-Backs, T-shirts, Coat, and Suit by E.L. Konigsburg
Take Me to the River by Will Hobbs
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
This Would Make a Good Story Someday by Dana Alison Levy
Three Bird Summer by Sara St. Antoine
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (The) by Kathy Appelt
Truth About My Unbelievable Summer (The) by Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Turn of the Tide (The) by Rosanne Parry
Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
Watsons Go to Birmingham (The) by Christopher Paul Curtis
Wild Girls (The) by Pat Murphy


And here’s the opening paragraph of one of my favorites from the list: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.”

Happy reading!

“Imagine a delicious glass of summer iced tea. Take a long cool sip. Listen to the ice crackle and clink. Is the glass part full or part empty? Take another sip. And now?” –Vera Nazarian


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